Red Light to Minimize the Appearance of Cellulite

A few days back, I mentioned this article on entitled “15 Ways To Fight, Fix, and Minimize Cellulite.”

Besides recommendation Number 1 about foam rollers, recommendation Number 14 also caught my attention: Live in a Red Light District. The author isn’t suggesting a move to Amsterdam.  Instead, she is referring to the ability of red light bulbs to camouflage cellulite-related bumps and waves.

According to the article, red light makes your body look sexier and stronger.  The author even interviews a fitness instructor at a pole dancing studio who attests that red lights are used in their classrooms so clients will be more comfortable and confident with their bodies during the lessons.

“Buy red light bulbs in any hardware store and place them in your bedroom,” the author urges.

My question is, as much as we all hate looking at our own cellulite, would you go so far as to heed this advice?  I can see how a red light bulb might be fun for a night or two, but wouldn’t it be a nuisance once the novelty wears off?  While we’re at it, is a red light bulb more effective than simple candlelight in its ability to gloss over imperfections?

Moreover, how does a red light bulb make the cut for the top 15 ways to handle the blight?  Yet again, I’m disappointed with the quality of information contained in articles about cellulite. There has to be more to it than this, don’t you think?

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Latebloomer says:

Doesn't seem to me that a red light is going to fight, fix, firm, minimize or anything-else my cellulite, except maybe hide it. And I'm all for nice lighting and learning about ways to conceal my blight when I'm dressing, but…this is a no-brainer! I put on a bathing suit, or get undressed, or blow out the candle, and lo and behold, the cellulite is still there! This kind of hype is so aggravating. Yes, I want to get rid of it because it's ugly as anything, but more than that, I want to be rid of it because of all the toxicity it signifies. I know, I know, this is stating the obvious, but it annoys me no end to be jerked along like this. I'm with you on this one.

Elizabeth Walling says:

Hmm, yeah a red light is a pretty superficial way to deal with cellulite. Though it might be fun if you're putting on a sexy show for your special someone. 😉 But every night? That would get old fast.


We need to create our own top 15 list for dealing with the blight. I'm sure the red light approach wouldn't make the cut (though I agree with Elizabeth that it could be fun for a night or two!).

Emjay says:

I just read this article about using red light bulbs in the bedroom to mask the appearance of cellulite and agree that replacing regular bulbs with red ones is impractical. However, I already use red glass votive candle holders as part of my room decor, so it was very easy to get away with this trick. I have to say, the red cast they emit is very romantic, sexy and provides just the right amount of light to see by while not seeming like I’m trying to hide something (myself) like preferring total darkness does. I highly recommend inducting a red candleholder or two in your room decor if you can afford to.


oooh, great idea! I like it! Red votives are both practical and a bit glamorous, too. Thanks for the tip, Emjay!


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